Blogs

God is awakening hearts and lives with the Truth of Jesus in the Muslim world.

Leading The Way Continues to Impact Indonesia One Year After Revival Gatherings in places like Jakarta. Their ministry is continuing to impact the world’s largest Muslim nation. Dr. Michael Youssef preached at last year's revival gatherings in Indonesia and the Indonesian revival was only the beginning of a long-term outreach to Indonesia .. using THE KINGDOM SAT , satelite network reaches out in the Indonesian language. Now anyone in Indonesia with a satellite dish will have access to the Gospel of Jesus .. subtitled in their language. That’s remarkable growth from just a simple stadium evangelistic outreach .. and is a good example of "Courageous Faith Outreach" ..

Former Muslim extremists - now becoming evangelists .. and risking their lives to bring people to know Jesus Christ .. and here in America .. what do we do to further the Kingdom of God around the world? .. Dr. Youssef is first to ask .. urging people to pray that Leading The Way's satellite broadcasts will give boldness to all those who listen .. Pray for those who have given their lives to Christ at the threat of their own lives .. something we do not worry about in the USA  .. pray that they would be courageous and that they will stand up for their new found faith in Jesus. Pray that God would give them courage, and pray for those who are still teetering on making a decision, that they will make that right decision. With reinforcement from the satellite broadcasts, pray that it will be a great encouragement to those who made a decision, but are in hiding, as they are in fear just like the early church we read about in the Bible - and ask yourself - What Can I Do?

Sharing the Word with the World is the Goal of Leading The Way - In the coming year, Leading The Way plans to distribute 10,000 solar-powered Navigator devices across Indonesia. The Navigator comes pre-loaded with Biblical messages in a dual-language format, allowing us to target over 20 language groups. These "pocket missionaries" provide access to the Word of God in remote regions and areas hostile to the Gospel, enabling us to reach the lost and help believers grow in God's Word. Already people have received countless blessings and given testimonies in Indonesia .. especially the young - like a 14 year old girl in West Borneo, Indonesia, said, “I feel so blessed by all the teachings I hear through the Navigator, especially the messages on Matthew 6:33. God alone fills whatever lack we have.” .. or a prison inmate who shared, “The messages on the Navigator help me to overcome my fear as I serve out my sentence.”

Join Us in Our Mission work .. join with Dr. Michael Youssef and Leading The Way - as God uses this global outreach to transform lives - Muslims are finding Jesus Christ .. and The Truth. Persecuted Christians around the world are finding hope and strength through the internet and satellite broadcasts .. modern technology can be used for good - Please continue to join with us in proclaiming God's Word .. God's Name .. throughout the world. When you give to Leading The Way, or to this ministry you are helping us proclaim the Gospel to many who have never even heard the name of Jesus. Through the internet ( The World Wide Web ) and other international broadcasting channels like Leading The Way Navigators, and on-the-ground follow-up they provide - God is awakening hearts and lives. Please continue to share the Truth of Christ in the Muslim world.

Deception, Desire, Lust, Sex, Anger - Gay Life Perspective

There is a prevailing deception today .. one very powerful evidently .. so powerful it makes people risk their souls .. give up family relationships .. jeopardize their health, and their integrity before Almighty God - The deception is that which is defined in Romans 1:18-32 .. it may be your battle for success for material wealth .. it may be your desires for another man or woman and a gay lifestyle .. it may be that same sex marriage you think is the answer .. maybe flirting with a homo-sexual relationship as a teenager ..

Many of us decide somethings without giving God His rightful place in our lives .. we simply do not acknowledge Him or we say we are "aetheists" .. and therefore we are not responsible to any God - To uncover the truth, we need only ask ourselves, What is God's View of all this? Taking a little "perspective" from Holy Scripture .. you might read about God’s Anger Against Sinners and how God feels about those who turn away from truth .. The truth that is plain to them .. deep inside their spirit!

What comes in the order of God's created "natural world" order .. things seen every day and known and seen and experienced all around you every day  .. Those things that can be seen in what God has made - the birds, bees, cattle, horses, rabbits .. as a result you are responsible and have no excuse for what you do. If waht you do in life refuses to acknowledge God before men .. and doesn't honor him as God .. and you refuse to thank him - you're thinking becomes worthless. Your foolishness and inner self becomes darker and darker - and yet you claim to be wise and smart. Your idols and things you honor and look to - things like horoscopes, feelings of lust and desires based solely on emotions and "feeling good" .. people and other voices you tend to listen to .. do these things give "honor to God" .. do they Glorify His Name? If you persist .. God will let you go and have the desires of a sinful heart .. He will allow your perverse and sexual desires .. and then as a result - pollution of all sorts!

What is TRUTH? .. you know what God's Truth is .. yet you continue on the path of unrighteousness ( wrong living ) .. you refuse to worship God as your Creator... and give Him the praise and honoe He deserves .. as men we follow our shameful longings .. our self-centered passions .. and what comes of them? Look around us today - women and men living in not natural ways - homosexuality, lesbianism, same sex marriages .. burning in sexual longings that are not natural.
 
Whenever you "choose" to think it is not important to know God .. God will let you go and allow you to live in your own devices - keep doing the things you shouldn’t do... just consider your sin .. and remember it is a "choice" .. consider the things you see and hear each day on the news - greed, scams, robbery, murder, sexual perversions, child abuse, theft, fighting, cheating .. the hatefulness toward others - all rooted in rudeness and pride .. people bragging about the new ways to do evil .. like a college student sueing her parents over an education - such foolishness pervades where we live today. We "know" deep in our "knower" that God’s commands are right, just and true - yet what do we choose to do - it's up to you!

Teaching Children About God and Focus on Jesus - Whose Job Is It?

Teaching Children to Focus on God .. Whose Job Is It?

All I can share is the very "fact" that as a child I came from what most would call a "Good Catholic Family" .. we went to church every Sunday .. our parents sent us to Catholic Schools and spent a lot of hard earned money on what we were told was a good Catholic education ..

THE BIGGEST PROBLEM .. was that we did not learn to focus on The God of The Bible .. or how to "listen and learn" what God wanted us to know and understand - Our Parents Told Us That Only A Priest Could Tell Us What Was In The Bible .. ONLY THE PRIEST could "interpret God's Word - How Sad!

Listening to God is one of the most important skills we can ever acquire .. or teach our children. When believers know how to hear Him, they become much less vulnerable to temptation. Early childhood is the ideal time for someone to learn how to focus on the Lord. If children don’t start this training as kids, it becomes more difficult as they go into their teen and young adult years.

Here are some practical ways to train your children to focus on God, an important step in learning to hear His voice.

Preschool Children

Encourage preschoolers to pray throughout the day. This will set a pattern of daily communication with the Lord. But because their attention spans are short—usually just one minute per year of life—guide them toward short prayers of gratitude. For example:

“Thank You, God, for the pretty flowers.”
“Thank You, God, for the yummy ice cream cone!”
“Thank You, God, for our family.”

Prayers like these lay a foundation of thankfulness to God as the wonderful Creator of good things. Philippians 4:6 reminds us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (emphasis added). You will find that most preschoolers love to express thanks to God.

Find a good Bible geared to preschoolers, and read it to your children regularly. Kids love listening to stories and looking at pictures from an age-appropriate, well-written Bible storybook. For ages 1-3, try The Beginner’s Bible, and for older pre-schoolers, try The Jesus Storybook Bible. Once your children are past the book-tearing phase, you can let them look at the pictures and “read” the Bible on their own. A good children’s Bible will help them develop a love for God’s Word.

Elementary Students

Elementary school kids should also have their own copy of the Scriptures. Look for a children’s Bible in an easy-to-comprehend translation designed for elementary students. (NIV Adventure Bible is a great resource.) Even before children become Christians, they can read the Word and ask God to help them understand it. You may want to guide your children to passages with clear application so they don’t get bogged down in difficult sections of Scripture.

Give them their own prayer journals. Then encourage them to ask God to help them understand a particular Bible passage and how to apply it to their lives. Have them write down anything God reveals. (But don’t expect too much—early
elementary students might write just one to three sentences.)

When you pray with your child before bed, get on your knees with them. (Also let them “catch” you on your knees in prayer during your times alone with God.) Kneeling helps us concentrate on Him and hear Him better, and is one way we can demonstrate humility before the Lord.

Encourage kids to write down some of their prayers. Have them begin with simply keeping a list of requests and the ways God answers. As children mature, you can encourage them to write out their prayers as letters to the Lord.

Last, don’t forget to pray for your children as they begin the life-long journey of listening to God’s voice. It’s not always easy to focus on the Father’s message to us, but it is definitely worth the effort!

Related Resources

A Life Challenge - How Can I Forgive Myself ? ( Forgiving Ourselves )

The Challenge: How Can I Forgive Myself? ( Forgiving Ourselves )
 

Today Understand ( 1 John 3:20 ) - Our hearts may judge us. But God is greater than our hearts. He knows everything.
 

Have you ever heard someone say, “I know God has forgiven me, but I’ll never be able to forgive myself”? While such self-condemnation can spring from several sources, it is, in any case, an enemy the Lord has already defeated. Romans 8:1 tells us, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” This encouraging statement covers all condemnation, including self-recrimination. How, then, should we deal with those condemning voices?
 

First of all, we need to distinguish between remorse and guilt. We are right to feel sorrow and remorse for past deeds, sins against our spouse, our brother or sister, and especially those sins that affront God - but to carry guilt for them is not necessary.

The Bible assures us that if we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:9). Any lingering feelings of guilt after this are enemies trying to rob us of our freedom in Christ Jesus - sometimes these feelings of guilt stem from the mistaken notion that we still must pay for our sins, we must perform some "pennance" or perform some acts  .. so we unconsciously embrace perpetual remorse as a way to make restitution for past wrongdoings  .. Such a practice suggests the faulty idea that Jesus’ precious blood was not sufficient to cover all of our sins - past, present, and future. Once we finally realize that He has stamped “paid in full” on our account, then we must never dare to side with those who would have us believe otherwise.
 

Since our heavenly Father has given us His Word - THE GOOD NEWS - we can reject all accusing voices and rest on His promise: “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things” (1 John 3:20 NKJV).

Take time and search around this site -- look at the "thought conditioners" if you are batteling unforgiveness .. stay in God's Good News .. and be fed by the Bread of Life .. and drink The Living Water ..

How Do I Love My Mother - no matter what has happened.

How to Love Your Mother

Some of us .. although not all of us oldtimers - showed Mom our love with hugs, drawings, and snuggling up .. But now that we’re adults, some of us are uncertain how to demonstrate love to our mother because at times our relationship is challenging at best - trying to meet her needs as she ages, or becomes terminally ill, needs constant care ( like you did as a baby ) .. these times can be emotionally draining, time consuming and very expensive to say the least .. Or perhaps you carry resentment over past experiences of conflict, mistreatment, rejection or even what your therapist calls child abuse .. and now there is a barrier between you and your mother.

Despite your past history and even present challenges - we cannot ignore the Bible’s command to honor our parents (Eph. 6:2). Here are four beautiful suggestions that have come to me today from my Friend in Christ - Dr. Charles Stanley .. he suggests four ways to respect and love your mother regardless of what has happened in your relationship.

Love her patiently.  There are no perfect mothers. We all make mistakes and carry emotional baggage that shapes our actions and responses. Just consider how patiently God deals with you, and do the same with your mom. When is the last time you genuinely "prayed" for your mother?

Treat her kindly. Rudeness only reveals our own imperfections and does nothing to benefit Mom or improve your relationship with her. Consider how Jesus has treated you .. then ask Him for strength to be more like Him in these things ..

Act unselfishly. We are called to follow Christ’s example of selfless service instead of seeking convenience or our own comfort.

Remember that love requires forgiveness. Holding a grudge not only poisons us; it also prevents a good relationship from developing. Have you been forgiven much in your life? .. to those who have been given much - Much Is Expected In Return ..

Now, all this sounds impossible, and it actually is - except by The Power offered to each of us from Jesus Christ living His life through you and I .. Jesus loved His Mom .. and He knows exactly how to love your mom. And He will guide and empower you to respond as He would, if you will yield control of your life to Him.. and ASK, SEEK .. and KNOCK. (Matthew 7:7-11)

Mothers are SPECIAL GIFTS - from the Most High God!

I recall some years ago .. hearing someone preach a sermon about being a real man .. and saying ..
 "The Greatest Thing a Man can do for his children is love their mother."
 

Psalm 139:13 .. says it this way - 13 You created the deepest parts of my being.
You put me together inside my mother’s body
.

and then The First Promise God made about "mothers" .. in Exodus 20:12  .. 12 “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long time in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

In honor of the day we celebrate as MOTHERS DAY .. I offer my rendition of Proverbs 31:10-30 .. 
The Noble Wife ( a  Godly Mother ) ..

10 Who can find a noble wife? ( or mother ) .. She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband trusts her completely. She gives him all the important things he needs.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She chooses wool and flax. She loves to work with her hands.
14 She is like the ships of traders. She brings her food from far away.
15 She gets up while it is still dark. She provides food for her family.
    She also gives some to her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it. She uses some of the money she earns to plant a vineyard.
17 She gets ready to work hard. Her arms are strong.
18 She sees that her trading earns a lot of money. Her lamp doesn’t go out at night.
19 With one hand she holds the wool. With the other she spins the thread.
20 She opens her arms to those who are poor. She reaches out her hands to those who are needy.
21 When it snows, she’s not afraid for her family. All of them are dressed in the finest clothes.
22 She makes her own bed coverings. She is dressed in fine linen and purple clothes.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate. There he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen clothes and sells them. She supplies belts to the traders.
25 She puts on strength and honor as if they were her clothes. She can laugh at the days that are coming.
26 She speaks wisely. She teaches faithfully.
27 She watches over family matters. She is busy all the time.
28 Her children stand up and call her blessed. Her husband also rises up, and he praises her.
29 He says, “Many women do noble things. But you are better than all the others.”
30 Charm can fool you. Beauty fades. But a woman who has respect for the Lord should be praised.
 

Learning to Pray - Praying with Jesus Each Day

I have heard it said .. we learn to pray by praying. And we are helped in prayer by the Holy Spirit, who “tunes” our prayers to the very heart of Christ, teaching us to pray as Jesus would.

How does this work? .. Just imagine Jesus standing or sitting next to you .. praying for you. Then imagine you are listening to the ONE who knows you bteer than you know yourself .. listen in ... What would He say to the Father on your behalf?

How would He plead for you? - would He say something like  ... Our Father Who Art in Heaven hallowed be your name! Father I know you are Jehovah Shamma, Our God who is always with us .. you are our Closest Friend - I know you are always "here" with us ..

NOW  .. as you picture Jesus in prayer for you and with you .. look at Jesus and say  “Lord Jesus, I know You are interceding for me right now. What are You praying for?” Then listen -- under the leading of the Holy Spirit, your mind and heart will open up to those things that you should be praying about .. maybe someone you work with, a mom or dad, brother or sister , husband or wife .. or son or daughter .. grandchildren .. THY KINGDOM COME .. Thy Will Be Done .. I listen, and I order my prayers as the Spirit leads, seeking to pray as Jesus taught us to pray ..

Have you ever wondered HOW Jesus might pray .. for you? Let me give you a hint. Look through the window of John chapter 17, and see what Jesus prayed for you and for me on the last night of His life. He interceded on our behalf to the Father, asking that we might be one with Him and with God the Father, and that on the basis of that unity, the world might believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He also prayed that we would know we are loved by God with the same love which He has for His only Son. Listen to the heart of Jesus as He prays.

In closing .. please keep us in your prayers too!

Today, Tomorrow, Someday - When Do You Set Things Right?

Today .. Yesterday .. or Some Tomorrow - which do you seek?

Reality of this day .. today .. OR yesterdays pictures .. which do you look at? The Lord says - If "today" you hear my voice - DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEART!

Did Jesus ever depreciate the past history of the Jewish peoples .. the prophets, the history of the sactuary, the ark of the covenant and all it's components - a giant tapestry of Jesus Christ - The Way, The Truth and The Life. Let's take the large brazen alter made and designated for "sacrifice" .. where the lambs without blemish were sacrificed - another picture of Jesus - The Lamb of God.

The Tabernacle Itself - THe Holy Place, with the Golden Lampstand, and the table of Showbread .. the bread for the priest .. and The Alter of Incense .. what is this all about? Salvation? .. Cleansing? .. Holiness? .. or as you go deeper - Jesus Christ .. the One who lights our path .. the One who sustains us .. the One Perfect "sacrifice" ..

What about the SECOND VEIL .. and the Holy of Holies .. with the Ark of the Covenant .. the Mercy Seat of God .. how do we pass through the veil, and how does God commune and meet men?

Now look at Jesus .. The Way, The Truth and The Life - Jesus is Our Mercy Seat .. Jesus is Our High Priest .. Jesus is Our Atonement .. Jesus is Our Provider .. and as you look at the "historical Jewish record" .. God's relationship with His people .. all sinners .. and how people longed for "atonement" .. a ritual of the Jews .. fancy robes, precious stones .. lots of beauty, power and symbols of strength .. The High Priest doing all his daily sacrifices .. bloody sacrifices .. then the High Priest cleansed himself and he put on "pure white linen" .. a symbol of holiness and purity .. here you see Jesus again ... The Perfection of Jesus Our High Priest - the One Who Atoned for Our Sins - the One Who "intercedes" for us .. El Yeshuatenu, The God of Our Salvation .. The fullnes of Jehovah Tsidkenu - The God of Righteousness .. The God of Holiness .. Jehovah M'Kaddish - and The fullness of God having become man - we call His Name - Jesus!

Today what do you seek? Are you looking for salvation Today .. something you need to talk with God about some yesterday in your life .. or maybe you are trying to consider what you think might come in some tomorrow? For whom are you looking? Who do you seek? 

The Lord says .. If today you are here .. read Hebrews 3:12-15 ..
 
12 Brothers and sisters, make sure that none of you has a sinful heart. Do not let an unbelieving heart turn you away from the living God. 13 But build one another up every day. Do it as long as there is still time. Then none of you will become stubborn. You won’t be fooled by sin’s tricks. 14 We belong to Christ if we hold firmly to the faith we had at first. But we must hold to it until the end. 15 It has just been said,

Listen to his voice today.
    If you hear it, don’t be stubborn.
You were stubborn when you opposed me.” ( Psalm 95:7,8 )

In closing .. Hebrews 9:11-14

Some Proven Time Tested TRUTHS - IED and IESD - how alike are they.

Some Proven Time-Tested TRUTHS .. in my inbox today.

From the old days.. God's Word in Genesis 2:24 says .. That’s why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. The two of them will become one. No doubt that God made "sex" .. and He meant it to be between a man and a woman in a totally committed life relationship .. and in our modern day - we call that .. marriage. 

Corinthians 6:12-19 .. is a good reading on "Sexual Sin" .. I  don't have any idea how many times I have either thought about this passage of scripture .. or read it .. or prayed about it - but the bottom line is obvious - men are weak when it comes to sex, sexual sin, the opposite sex - cakll it any way you want - WE ARE WEAKLINGS!

The shrapnel and penetrating fragments of this IESD .. what I will call an "improvised explosive sexual device"  .. or better known to men as WOMAN .. in so many ways sexual sins are like an IESD .. they are hidden .. they are sometimes deployed in ways that are hidden .. and your interaction with one is "unforgetable" .. sensitive and undeniably personal. It involves our body and our very soul.

Personally, I don't believe that men or women can ever be, comfortably distanced from it - when it's right we know in our knower .. and when not right, "we know that deep within" something is not right - That makes sexual sin especially complex.

But let's get one thing very straight - VERY QUICKLY - There is no hierarchy of sins - there is no sin that is more acceptable to God than another sin - because no sin at all is acceptable to Our Father in Heaven .. But because sexual sin is a sin not only against God, but against our very own bodies, its consequences can be more devastating to us than those of other sins. If you steal a loaf of bread because your kids are starving this sin is outside of oneself. For instance, when Hitler was systematically attacking the continent of Europe during World War II, allied forces joined in a united defense. American soldiers fought and died on foreign soil, and the conflict certainly took its toll on our country, but we sustained nowhere near the damage that Britain or Austria or Poland suffered. Why?

Because the devastating losses and battles were not fought on our homeland soil. By contrast, battles over sexual sin are always fought at home - within the very soil of our own physical bodies and within our own psyche .. our vey own human soul, mind, and spirit.
There is no escaping the shrapnel and damage of sexual sin. Sex outside of God’s established parameters impoverishes a man or woman the way a war at home impoverishes a nation in many ways - we are all affected, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually .. because sex is probably the closest and most personal thing we possess - We can’t get away from it, it is deep within us.

iF YOU'LL READ Proverbs 31:3 ABOUT Sexual Sins .. YOU WILL BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND .. and if you pray and seek God's Wisdom in the matter .. He will help you to better see and understand - that is the promise God makes to all of us about seeking Him. 

 

What would you say if someone said - “No one has ever told me about this Jesus.”?

What would you say if someone said - “No one has ever told me about this Jesus.”?

Can you imagine going through life and never hearing about Jesus?

 

Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim nation, The Middle East and Africa are full of people whose lives go on - without hearing the name of Jesus .. without the opportunity of satisfying their  hunger and need for the Gospel. We don't have any satellites to expand our broadcasting outreach .. we can't launch a new branch of iaskGod.com .. with Indonesian subtitles. God’s love is poured out upon this spiritually hungry nation and these people the only way I know how - The World Wide Web.. it reaches to the Philippines .. all the Japanese and Sinhala (Sri Lanka) folks .. and all we can offer is Google Translate .. I guess we're called “global media missionaries”  .. because we try our best to take the Good News of Jesus Christ into remote regions of the world where the internet is now reaching ..

I hope and pray thart God is transforming lives .. using this global outreach ministry to transform lives. I hope that Muslims are finding Jesus Christ - if all this effort is responsible for bringing ONE PERSON to Jesus .. then it's all been worth it! New Christians are growing in the faith and maybe some "persecuted Christians" in Syria, Iran or Saudi Arabia  .. may be finding hope and strength .. or discovering The Name of The Most High God .

Any investment you make will help makes it possible for us to keep paying the bills for hosting and web services. God Bless You Today!

Pages

Share This

Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
StumbleUpon icon
Del.icio.us icon
Digg icon
LinkedIn icon
MySpace icon
Newsvine icon
Pinterest icon
Reddit icon
Technorati icon
Yahoo! icon
e-mail icon